Spring Training – March 8, 2015, Orioles at Twins

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Need a dose of sunshine? Twins photog Brace Hemmelgarn posted a great gallery of some of his shots from Spring Training.

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Spring thoughts

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Former longtime Major League pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Jim Kaat shares his thoughts on Spring Training and discusses some new technology that will be featured in broadcasts this season.

Originally posted on Kaat's Korner:

I have been thinking of many titles for this post.

“Putting today’s technology in perspective.”

“Baseball is still more art than science.”

As an analyst, I want to be able to explain to the viewer what the new technology we’re using means on a particular play and I have about eight seconds to do it before the next pitch. Quite a challenge.

As fans, you will soon be exposed to Statcast. MLB has invested a lot of money in it. Without trying to make it too complicated, I will give you one example. A center fielder runs down a fly ball in the gap and makes a spectacular catch. Statcast says he ran 35 feet in x.x seconds to make the play. What I need as an analyst to put this in perspective for you is how much ground does the average center fielder cover in the same amount…

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Guest Blogging — Brandon Hicks!

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Brandon and Brandon features a guest post from yet another Brandon in Giants camp: infielder Brandon Hicks.

Originally posted on Brandon and Brandon:

Just like old times. Guest blogging again.

It’s great to be back with all the guys. There’s still sort a Brandon row in the clubhouse — we’re within a couple lockers of each other but not adjoining like in SF. (I am happy to report we have not revived the Brandon handshake. It was not the greatest handshake, as the other Brandons will tell you. In fact, it kind of gives you an uncomfortable feeling when you do it.)

To refresh your memory, I was sent to Triple A in mid-July. I watched the World Series from my home in Galveston, Texas, with my girlfriend and a buddy of mine. We parked ourselves in front of the TV every evening.

I admit it was a little difficult at times. I wished I could have been there and been a part of it. But of course you’re rooting for the guys…

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Diamond Visions: Baseball’s Greatest Photographs

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John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball, currently is doing a series of posts in his excellent Our Game blog on baseball’s greatest photographs. See which images made his Top 10 and follow along as he continues the reveal.

Originally posted on Our Game:

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What are baseball’s greatest photographs? That question came up on Twitter over the weekend. Some fellow tweeps offered World Series highlights, others offered sterling Sandy Koufax moments, or inspiring Jackie Robinson shots. It all boils down to criteria, I countered. Do you mean a great moment captured by the camera? An evocative portrait? A sweeping landscape? A favorite ballplayer or ballpark? A favorite photographer? For me, any of these groupings is sensible–and large enough that to select a top ten would be tough. But I promised to offer my thoughts here at Our Game, where the 140-character limit holds no sway.

In a way, I have tackled this question previously through subsets, most recently “Lost Ballparks” (http://ourgame.mlblogs.com/2014/09/03/picture-portfolio-no-7-lost-ballparks/). I devoted separate 15-picture portfolios to Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Jackie Robinson; another to the game in the 1880s; and yet another to women in baseball (http://ourgame.mlblogs.com/2014/03/28/picture-portfolio-no-3-women-in-baseball/). At the site I created to accompany publication of

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This Just In

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Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco shares some very exciting news on the family front in his White Shark blog. Start your MLB.com Blog in time for up for the upcoming season and blog alongside the pros like Gregor!

Originally posted on White Shark:

4 p.m.

March 1, 2015

Breaking news: I’m going to be a dad again. My wife took three home pregnancy tests and they all came out positive but we weren’t completely convinced until she went to the doctor a week and a half ago and we saw the baby’s beating heart. We’d been hoping for another child for some time.

We told Gregor that he was going to have a little brother or sister. My wife rubbed her tummy and tried explain that the baby was in there. He rubbed his own tummy and said, “Baby!’’

“No not you! Mommy!’’ I said. “You can’t have a baby!’’

I’m really hoping for a girl. I grew up with all brothers, and I remember tellingly mom that I wanted a sister. Then she got pregnant again and I had another brother. And now I have two sons. So I’m ready for a…

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Fun times at Indians Photo Day

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TribeVibe brought the Twitter Mirror to the team’s Photo Day in Goodyear and posted a slideshow of the hilarious results.

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We brought the Twitter Mirror to Photo Day and managed to capture some pretty stellar selfies. Flip through our slideshow to enjoy the return of a rally stache, a Cy Kluber stare down and some GQ worthy poses.

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From the Desk of Mark D. Lerner: Back in the swing of spring

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Curly W Live has a post from Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner at the team’s Spring Training camp at Space Coast Stadium in Viera.

Originally posted on Curly W Live:

Twitter: @Nationals | Facebook: Nationals | Instagram: @Nationals

Good afternoon!

I am writing to you from my office at Space Coast Stadium on another picturesque day in Viera. Sorry, I know you’re all facing some pretty tough weather back in D.C. We just wrapped up Day 4 of our Pitchers and Catchers workouts and the full squad is just about complete. The position players will all report by this evening, get their physicals tomorrow, and on Thursday we’ll get them all out on the field together for the first time.

B-OHaovIAAAcQm5 (1) Danny Espinosa’s mustache is something.

— Spring Training is one of my favorite times of year. It’s always so great to see everyone after the long winter. I truly enjoy hearing what our players did in the offseason, how their families have grown – some got married, or had children – or any of the interesting things they did in…

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2015 Composite Projections Have Arrived!

Mark Newman:

Happy Early 10th Birthday (in May) to our MLB.com Fantasy 411 blog…and hope you fantasy owners love the new composite projections. It’s a milestone around here…

Originally posted on MLB.com Fantasy 411:

CLICK HERE to listen to our latest podcast from Thursday, 2/19

CLICK HERE for the results of our now completed 12-team mixed league expert mock draft

Hey gang,

Attached is the first draft of this year’s composite projections, representing the average projection from 12 different providers. This is fewer than last year, when we had 14, and we’ve had as many as 16 in a season. However, in looking over these numbers, and reading recent research on the topic, it’s clear that more and more systems are converging in their projections, so there’s really very little value to be found by scraping up another few sets of numbers.

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Please read the release notes from last season and previous years, for an explanation of how these are created, and the resulting caveats and limitations, BEFORE asking any questions in the comments area!

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2014/02/18/2014-composite-projections/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2013/02/19/composite-projections-are-here-2/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2012/02/18/composite-projections-have-arrived-2/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2011/03/03/2011-composite-projections-update/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2011/02/19/2011-composite-projections-1-0/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2010/03/07/updated-projections-372010/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2009/12/22/building-better-player-projections/

http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com/2009/02/19/2008-gxp-and-2009-projections/

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The GIANTS are Baaack

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The Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay couldn’t be happier as #BaseballBegins for the defending champs in Scottsdale.

Originally posted on Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay:

meme.feverCan you feel it? There’s a little hum in the air–it’s electric–or maybe it’s just me shaking with excitement. Pitchers and catchers reported to camp yesterday, with the full complement due to arrive next week–although some of the guys are already there. Of course they are–they’re GIANTS.

I didn’t think winter would ever end.

But it has, finally, and pretty soon we’ll start hearing more about Mad Bum’s energy–he’s rarin’ to go; Matt Cain’s health–he says he feels great, like he’s 18 again; how Lincecum is coming along–he spent the off-season working out some of the kinks with his dad; what Peavy’s been up to–who’s going to to play guitar with him this year? I miss Flan already–and last,  but by no means least, how Hudson is feeling?–his recovery is a little behind schedule.

madbumnNext week we’ll get our first peek…

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The Matheny Manifesto

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MLB.com’s Mike Baumann writes about Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s new book outlining his philosophies of baseball and life.

Originally posted on Baseball Books:

By Mike Baumann / MLB.com

mathenymanifestoWhen the St. Louis Cardinals named Mike Matheny manager after the departure of the legendary Tony La Russa, one prominent reaction was:

“How can the defending World Series champions be turned over to a rookie manager?”

Here’s how: What the Cardinals were getting was much more than “a rookie manager.” They were getting an individual of real substance. Cards general manager John Mozeliak knew that, even if many other people didn’t.

What followed with Matheny at the helm have been three straight appearances in the National League Championship Series, two NL Central Division championships and one appearance in the World Series.

That looks a lot like success.

If you have any questions at all about what Matheny is all about, apart from being a success as a big league manager, the answers are contained in Matheny’s book, “The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views…

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